Apartment Decor Tips

Apartment Decorating
See how one young woman's passion for color and travel inspired a stylish and glamorous apartment filled with hues of pink, blue, and bronze, and learn how to make a rental your home.

Pretty in Pink

A combination of midcentury-style furniture, fresh color, and a touch of glam gives this city apartment undeniable femininity that's able to grow with the young owner's evolving design tastes. Pink is prominent throughout the entire home but is tempered by cool turquoise and glitzy bronze accents.

Apartment Decor Tip: Don't wait to decorate until you're a homeowner: Use your apartment dwelling years to begin collecting pieces you'll love forever.

Pillow Panache

In the living room, bright salmon-color throw pillows are balanced by neutral walls and furniture as well as accessories set in cool turquoise and burnished bronze. Similar to the rest of the apartment, the living room also benefits from a variety of textures. Here, a shag-inspired throw pillow adds textural contrast to the sofa’s other throw pillows.

Apartment Decor Tip: When painting walls isn't an option, throw pillows can be a substitute color source.

World Traveler

Exotic accents, such as these carved African drum tables, scattered throughout the apartment reflect a love of traveling and foreign cultures. The tables were painted white to emphasize their beautiful construction and to avoid stealing attention from any of the bold decorative items featured in the living space.

Apartment Decor Tip: Incorporate what you love to make a rental your own.

Storage with Style

An etagere in a hammered-bronze finish is tall enough to stand up to the living room’s soaring ceiling, but its airy construction still creates a feeling of openness. The unit was chosen for its glamorous finish, which looks a bit more historical than a silver or chrome unit would have -- a factor that blends perfectly with the apartment’s unique old-meets-new aesthetic.

Apartment Decor Tip: Combine storage and decor to make the most of a small space.

Seating Arrangement

A big fan of entertaining, the homeowner wanted to include plenty of seating in the public areas of her apartment. These new leather chairs provide additional seating for guests and are reminiscent of midcentury models. Cool turquoise accents throughout the living room help balance the bright pink and orange hues featured on the throw pillows.

Apartment Decor Tip: If you entertain frequently, opt for furniture that can be moved easily. Lightweight chairs can be moved closer to a sofa for intimate gatherings or pushed to the edges of a room to accommodate a crowd.

Dining Room Beauty

Located just off the living room, the dining space is casual and inviting. Natural elements, such as the tabletop made from an irregular slab of wood and the faux-cowhide chair backs, provide unique contrast to more glamorous elements, such as the glitzy chandelier. An authentic midcentury sideboard provides convenient table-side storage for dishes and tableware.

Apartment Decor Tip: If your rental has a large main room, divide it into zones by having a dining table in one area and the living area on the opposite side of the room. Use rugs to designate zones and furniture placement to establish traffic patterns.

Sweet Dreams

In the master bedroom, the wall behind the bed features a blushy-pink metallic paint, while the other walls, headboard, and drapery panels carry only the palest of pink hues. Gray lotus-pattern bedding and a herringbone tweed chair help cut the femininity of all of the pink. Two fur-covered ottomans at the foot of the bed and a large circular chandelier overhead add unique texture.

Apartment Decor Tip: If you're lucky enough to live in a pad you can paint, look at the nonchangeable elements when choosing a color. While you want a color that complements your decor, it also needs to mesh with the elements you're stuck with, such as the trim and flooring.

Bask in the Light

A limed oak desk adds warmth to the master bedroom and ensures the room’s pale pink hues look sophisticated and elegant. Soaring floor-to-ceiling windows along one wall of the bedroom drench the space with natural light during the day, while airy window panels offer privacy when needed.

Apartment Decor Tip: Invest in furniture that can serve multiple purposes. A desk chair can be pulled into the living room for extra seating, and a desk such as this can be used as a console table later on.

Sit & Stay

A gray tweed chair in one corner of the master bedroom lends subtle contrast to the room’s pale pink walls and furnishings. Located next to the desk and near the foot-of-the-bed stools, the chair provides a comfy perch to sit down with a good book. A ceramic garden stool next to chair features a unique carved pattern, adding yet another layer of texture to the bedroom.

Apartment Decor Tip: Think of future homes and consider paying more for pieces you know you'll use again and again. A versatile slipper chair can be used in a bedroom now and a living room later, and a classic design will be relevant for years to come.

Pillow Talk

Silver embroidery on a salmon-pink pillow adds just a hint of glamour to the tweed chair. The punchy hue of the pillow also adds a splash of contrast to brighten up the room's soft pastel pink palette.

Apartment Decor Tip: Buy pillow covers when you can. When you want to change your decor, the cover slips off and takes up less space in storage, and the insert can be reused.

Just because you're renting doesn't mean you can't have a stylish home. Use these apartment decor ideas to spruce up even the smallest of spaces.

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